Posted by: bazzpugh | September 29, 2014

Lake Goldcrest today.

Managed to get a few of this little beauty before the heavens opened this P.M… I believe it to be a female i.e its crest not as vivid as my previous pix ( of same down the rock park)  There certainly is a wealth of these birds this year I have never heard or seen so  many…This reflected in Paul’s ringing and sighting in Nant Glas area…. there were three Tinkling away in the yew tree near the lake cafe always a joy to hear.   Earlier in the day two sparrow hawks one near the golf links cairn, loads of mippits and skylarks about there…also one up the Rhogo where a flock of linnet C 100 ground feeding  with mippits and a few Goldfinch. Several kites and buzzard…only managed to spot one pair of stonechats…..looks like the wheatears have gone.  Oh yes I nearly forgot    Pigs don’t Fly but they can fish….Nice to meet you again Jane from Evenjobb….Reiterating on your sighting of at least  C. thousand House Martin filling up shoulder to shoulder two span of telephone wire in the village… Ready for the off.goldcrest lake 2 (1)


goldcrest lake 2 (2)

Posted by: kevjoynes | September 26, 2014


Garden a bit livelier with Jay back ,  Marsh tits ,Treecreeper and Wren, but most amazing, a female Sprawk! We NEVER see one , cept once every 4/5 years and I almost fell over when one plonked on the feeding station! S_DSC9716_filteredDSC_3912_filteredDSC_4044_filteredadly she saw me and was off before I could react. Close up , the difference in size to the male is surprising.

Posted by: kevjoynes | September 26, 2014


Tried to post this ,but blog playing up yesterday. Must be one of the last Wheatears up there. Very smart tho’. Little else around save the usual ravens , Buzzards and Kites on a sheep carcase-too far off for pics.DSC_3819_filteredDSC_3822_filtered

Posted by: bazzpugh | September 25, 2014

Grey Wagtail, Dunnock and robin.

040Sighted three  of these grey’s down the river Ithon yesterday P.M….004 also a fem Goosander, Heron and a strange warbler ( Aquatic I think and hope) will have another recce tomorrow..see if I can get a pic to confirm!!!!    No sign of Kingfisher or Dipper….usually see one or the other. 018

Posted by: bazzpugh | September 24, 2014

A few from yesterday.

073“Just Try to take it off me if you think your hard enough”  had some fun with our more commoner birds on the feeding stump lakeside…joined by Stevie H  whom I haven’t seen for a month or two….Interestingly he related a possible sighting of a Pine Martin at Burfa bog….I suggested it may have been a pole cat….but Steve after a googling session video, stills and “Growl” is 99.9 % on it ….I certainly hope so…few and far between around our neck of the woods.085A young Marsh tit tucking into the handouts095Cheerio.037Another young Chat from Rhogo.

Posted by: Leafie | September 23, 2014

Mandarin @ Nantmel

2 seen this evening, and a Barn Owl.

Posted by: Leafie | September 23, 2014

Goshawk @ Nantglas

1 seen today, along with 2 Sparrowhawk, 10 Buzzzard and 20 Red Kite. Several hundred Goldcrests are still present in the Caerhyddwen forest with another 40 ringed today!!

Posted by: kevjoynes | September 22, 2014

Lake & Cefnllys

4 Grebes on lake-the other adult has come out of hiding !4 Sand Martins dipping too and I forgot the terrapin sunbathing t’other day on his log oppo the lagoon.In the garden 3 Long tailed tits-not seen since Spring plus Greenfinches , Goldies and the treecreeper.


Posted by: bazzpugh | September 22, 2014

Rhogo and Rock Park A.M. today.

stone c male rhogo (1)Quite a few juves about on the Track to upper Gilwern   “Male Stonechat”    including hundreds of mippits, linnets, a few reed bunts and goldfinch. a Kestrel hunting a sparrow hawk buzzards and kites….also a very pretty young wheatear but wouldn’t come within range …stonewalling gang working and making a nice job of the small top field perimeter.stone c male rhogo (2)Female Juv Stonechat.wren rock park 1 (2)Meadow Pippit.wrewn rock park 2Lucky enough to catch the Goldcrest down the Rock Park near the bowling club.wren rock park 1 (1) A pair flitting about in the old yew tree. 

Posted by: Leafie | September 21, 2014

Redshank @ Glasbury

1 on the river Wye this evening. Other birds of note included: Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Curlew, 4 Little Egret, Mandarin, Goosander, 13 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Cormorant, Peregrine, 80 Swallow, 20 Chiffchaff and 3 Whinchat!

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